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Kingston Hill Golf Club, Stafford. (1914 - 1970s)

Appeared prior to WW1 as Stafford Artisans Golf Club and played on Stafford Common. (The earlier Staffordshire Golf Club also played on Stafford Common, see separate entry)

In the early 1920s, about 40 acres of land was rented from Lord Shrewsbury for a new 9-hole course and this became Kingston Hill.

The club was purchased by a property company in 1966 for building purposes, however the course did survive for a few years after this date. Sunday play was allowed without caddies. The station at Stafford was about 1 ½ miles away.

The course can be seen on the Britain From Above links below.


  Secretary Professional/Green-keeper
1925 T Martin, 10 Park Street, Stafford. J Hutchings (p)
1933 B Stevens, 25 Bedford Avenue, Stafford. J Hutchings (p)
1935 H A Lee, 95 Tixall Road, Stafford. J Hutchings (p&g)
1940 As above E Shaw (p)
1947-50s W G Wilkes, 198 Stone, Road, Stafford.  
1963 Charles W Peaple, 13 Tixall Road, Stafford.  
1966 B G Wilson, 273 Eccleshall Road, Stafford  
1960s (late) W R Marsh  

Ordnance Survey Map from the 1920s showing the golf course.


Kingston Hill Golf Club, Stafford. Ordnance Survey Map from the 1920s showing the golf course.

O.S. Map Revised 1921 to 1922 - © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1925}.


In 1925 there was a membership of 130 gents and 70 ladies. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day and 3/6 a week.

Report on the annual meeting in February 1927.


Bournemouth Golf Club, Balmers Lawn Course. Report on the annual meeting held in February 1927.

Staffordshire Advertiser Saturday 26 February 1927.


The 36-hole competition for the Bailey Cup was played in July 1931 and was won by J M Paton who defeated C Denham in the final by 5 and 4.

On Saturday 14 July 1934 Kingston Hill and Stafford Castle played return matches, the first teams playing on the Castle course and the second teams at Kingston Hill.

Stafford Castle Golf Club   Kingston Hill Golf Club  
W Sinfield  1 A Ritchie 0
R Jones 0 S Jenkinson 1
W Pinkney 1 I G Mudie 0
A Jackson 1 C E Pover 0
A McLaren 0 P R Anderson 0
K Underhill 1 H T A Tregear 0
S Peatfield 0 H Hamilton 1
F C Hunt 0 J Ashton 0
Mr Kamp 1 T Addison 0
W Went 1 J Paton 0
  6   2


Kingston Hill Golf Club   Stafford Castle Golf Club  
A Chilton 1 C E Robinson 0
B Jones 1 W Bailey 0
P Ashton 0 E C Kenworthy 0
R Simpson 1 F B Woolley 0
H A Lee 0 J Holt 1
H Pacey 0 E Mortiboy 1
G Haines 0 B Collett 0
W Burton 0 T Bradley 1
H Nuttall 0 E Desbreulais 1
  3   4

A 36-hole bogey competition was played on Sunday 2nd September 1934 for the cup offered by Arthur Simpson, president of the club. There were over 20 entries the winner being E D Berry, his closest rival was B S Jones the holder. 

Below is the result of a ladies' match against Stafford Castle played in September 1934 on the Castle course.

Stafford Castle Ladies' Golf Club   Kingston Hill Ladies' Golf Club  
Mrs Owen 1 Miss Barber 0
Miss Mottram 1 Mrs F C Brown 0
Mrs Attwood 0 Miss N Hill 1
Miss Jones 1 Miss Cowley 0
Mrs Collier 0 Mrs Wilkinson 1
Mrs Perridge 1 Miss Hourd 0
Miss Collier 1 Mrs Green 0

Below is another match played in September 1934 at Kingston Hill against Stone.

Kingston Hill Ladies' Golf Club   Stone Ladies' Golf Club  
Miss Barber 1 Miss Swinnerton 0
Mrs F C Brown 1 Mrs Kelsall 0
Mrs B S Stevens 0 Miss Shaw 1
Miss N Hill 1 Miss Carr 0
Miss K F Howie 1 Mrs Johnson 0
Mrs E Wilkinson 1 Miss Lockett 0
  5   1

In 1935 visitors’ fees 2/- a day, 7/6d a week and 15/- a month.

In 1940 the course had a SSS of 68 and par 70 and a membership of 180.

In 1947 and the early 1950s membership had reduced to 100. Visitors’ fees were now 2/- a day, 3/- on Sundays.

Report on the annual meeting held in March 1949.


Kingston Hill Golf Club, Stafford. Report on the annual meeting in March 1949.

From the Staffordshire Advertiser Saturday 26 March 1949.


On Sunday 20 May 1951 the Ladies' section played for a prize given by their secretary Mrs G Mincher-Lockett; Miss H Deane, 100-33-67; Mrs V Gunnell, 99-26-73.

Result of a match played at Brocton Hall in May 1951.

Brocton Hall Golf Club   Kingston Hill Golf Club  
F Till and J Peaple 1 H Venables and S Jennings 0
K Boon and T Jolly 1 H Downes and T Coyles 0
W Boon and H Morris 1 C Burrage and L Robinson 0
W Sinfield and R Jones 1 D Conlon and G Drew 0
H Ashton and K Parker 1 S Lack and V Bradbury 0
R Smallwood and S Smith 1 H O'Neill and C Pover 0
J Howells and R Parker 1 J Osborne and G Edwards 0
  7   0

Result of the Ladies' competition for the Cowley Tankard played in June 1951; Mrs W Scriven, 111-32-79; Mrs V Gunnell, 106-26-80.

Results from August 1951; Scots' Trophy - W Peaple, 3down; S Jenkinson, 4down; monthly medal - Division One; G Drew, 82-15-67; Second Division; W Peaple, 84-18-66; Stableford - W Coyles, 35 points; T Coyles, 34 points.

Result of a mixed foursome competition played in September 1951; Mrs A Owen and L Robinson, 73; Mrs E Scriven and S Lack, 74; Mrs M Andrews and S Jenkinson, 79.

Below are more results from September 1951.


Kingston Hill Golf Club, Stafford. Results from competitions played in September 1951.

From the Staffordshire Advertiser Friday 14 September 1951.


In November 1952 the final of the 36-hole Munnery Cup was played when D Desbruslais beat H Lovatt by 4 and 3. Result of a greensome competition; W Hall and W Hestleston, 82-13-69; B Andrews and P Sherratt, 83-14-69.

On Saturday 11 July 1953 a match was played at Kingston Hill against Lilleshall Golf Club.

Kingston Hill Golf Club   Lilleshall Golf Club  
G Forbes and T Coyles (halved) 0 M Wilson and A Anderson (halved) 0
P Andrews and W Coyles (6 and 5) 1 G Morgam and J Hiscock 0
S G Lack and R Tolley (1up) 1 R Hewitt and J Merrill 0
L Robinson and J Osborne (5 and 3) 1 B Ambler and S Bromeld 0
L Lawrenson and F Jones (2 and 1) 1 G Upton and H Marshall 0
F Davies and H Lovatt (5 and 4) 1 W Huxley and F Worth 0
A Owen 0 G Wateridge (5 and 3) 1
  5   1

On Saturday 25 July 1953 a match was played against the Castle Golf Club; the first team played on the Castle course and the second team played at Kingston Hill.

Stafford Castle Golf Club   Kingston Hill Golf Club  
F Griffiths and H Slater (1up) 1 H Downes and J Osborne 0
S Jennings and D Conlon (2 and 1) 1 T Coyles and L Robinson 0
E Morris and E Poulson (4 and 3) 1 S G Lack and T Jones 0
A Marks and J Cope 0 R Tolley and H O'Neill (halved) 0
  3   0


Kingston Hill Golf Club   Stafford Castle Golf Club  
W Peaple and P Andrews (2up) 1 T Hawkins and C Burrage 0
C Walker and T Doody 0 F Shelly and M Shelly (3 and 2) 1
T Jones and J Lawrenson (5 and 4) 1 H Lewis and H Dempsey 0
E Shaw and F Davies (6 and 4) 1 G Edwards and A Wolfenden 0
J Walker and A Owen (5 and 4) 1 B Wolfenden and T Eley 0
  4   1

From the mid 1950s to the early 60s the SSS had been revised to 65, membership had risen to 110. Visitors’ fees 3/- a day, 5/- on Sunday, 3/- after 5pm.

In 1963 the length of the course was 3,250yds.

Extract from a report from the Birmingham Daily Post Wednesday 18 March 1964; "The 120 members of the golf club learned yesterday that they had won a fight to preserve the nine-hole course from development companies. A promise made by their president, The Earl of Shrewsbury, had prevented the land from going up for sale. Mr Charles Peaple, club secretary, said "We are tremendously relieved. Lord Shrewsbury has kept his word to us that he would not part with the land. We feared that the land would be sold and we would lose the £1,500 we have spent on getting water to all the greens, preserves the professional's cottage and modernising the clubhouse." 

In 1966 the course measured 4,884yds, membership had increased to 225. The amateur course record holder was P Shaw (64). Visitors’ fees 5/- a day, 10/- at weekend and Bank Holiday, 5/- after 5pm.

Just prior to closure in the 1970s the course measured 5,224yds. Joint course record holders, P Shaw and D Scullion junior 64. Visitors’ fees were £1.

Report on the move to Ingestre in August 1974.


Kingston Hill Golf Club, Stafford. Report on the move to Ingestre in August 1974.

Birmingham Daily Post Saturday 10 August 1974. With thanks to Reach PLC. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.


Kingston Hill Golf Club, Stafford. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the Kingston Hill course.